Like my other trips to Brazil, I come for work and enjoy myself of the food, culture, and friends. This past week I’ve been charmed and honored while meeting with some Agile folks at Objective. I was in Maringa talking about Sustainable Architecture and Pragmatic TDD. I traveled back to Sao Paolo to talk with Vagas about the Ultimate in Agility: Let your users do the work! — “The Adaptive Object-Model Architecture.”
The biggest honor of the trip was being asking to present the keynote address at Agile Brazil. Originally, I was only attending to give an Invited Talk, but one thing led to another and I was up on the podium talking about “Taming Big Balls of Mud with Agile, Dilegence, and hard work.” I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to share my experience with an awesome audience.
This trip has so much going on. The Agile Brazil conference was only the middle of the excursion. I continue the journey by visiting the 10th SugarLoaf PLoP in Ila Bela. I’m excited that Ralph Johnson will also be attending this conference as part of the 20th anniversary of the GoF.
To wrap the trip, I’ll be returning to Sao Paulo and giving a tech talk at UOL on Refactoring and Clean Code.
Brazil continues to be one of my favorite countries to visit. I’ve enjoyed each visit and am excited to meet new friends along the way.
Back at the beginning of October, I visited Poland for the JDD conference. JDD touts itself as the Java enthusiast conference. I’ve attended in the past and was excited to return. This year I gave a talk entitled, “QA TO QA: SHIFTING FROM QUALITY ASSURANCE TO AGILE QUALITY.” I also hosted a workshop entitled, “REFACTORING AND CLEAN CODE.” I received favorable comments afterward, met a lot of Java enthusiasts, and had a good time at the conference.
I like to do sight-seeing and meet with some friends wherever I travel these days. Poland was no exception. While there I visited Auschwitz, which was a departure from the more uplifting destinations I’ve visited in the past. It’s a trip that left me feeling depressed and sad that humans could treat other humans in such a way. It gave me a unique perspective on the disturbing history of the place.
After Auschwitz, I traveled to Stockholm to visit with some old and new friends. I met with Woody Zull who I collaborated with on his Agile Report on Mob Programming. Woody invited me to participate in talks at H&M (large clothing place) on Sustainable Architecture and we also went to Spotify where we talked to some Agile coaches about Mob Programming.
Spotify operates out of a very cool office. They clearly know how to keep developers happy.
When I arrived back in Urbana, I left almost immediately after for Portland, Oregon and the SPLASH conference, where I did a tutorial on Shifting from Quality Assurance to Agile Quality. Next year’s PLoP conference will be held in conjunction with Splash in Pittsburgh, so if you’ve ever wanted to attend either conference, you’ll have a chance to go to both with one trip.